Category: Church Movements

Hebrews 6: A Warning & Hope For The Christian School Movement

by Rick Pidcock

In May of 2000, I walked out the center aisle of a small Baptist Church with twelve other classmates for my high school graduation.  And at the time, I found myself feeling torn.  On one hand, I was very excited to be finished with school, and to begin the next phase of life.  But my excitement was mixed with fear.  My fear was not the fear of major life choices such as where to go to college, who to date, what career to pursue, or where to live.  My fear, rather, was in the potential spiritual disaster that would lie ahead for my Christian school friends.

As life has developed since that event, I’d like to share some thoughts on the Christian School movement (CSM) in light of Hebrews 6:4-12.  Though this passage was not originally intended for today’s CSM, it can be applied in order to give us a much clearer understanding of what is going on with graduates of Christian Schools.

Before I begin in Hebrews, I would like first to give one of the most fundamental foundations of the Christian life.  Namely, that what God begins, He completes. (more…)

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Time Traveling Worship

by Rick Pidcock

Have you ever had the opportunity to experience worship in a completely different cultural context than the one that you are most comfortable with?  And by different culture, I mean more than just music style, I’m also talking about language, and even time.

Some of you might say, “Yes!  My church still worships as if they are in the 1600’s!”

Revelation 15:3 says, “And the sing the song of Moses, the servant of God.”  These are worshipers, thousands of years after Moses, worshiping God with a worship song that is much older than the hymns that many of our churches sing today.

So, I began to wonder, “What if we sang the same song that was sung thousands of years ago, in a different style and language?”  What would that look like?  Could the same song, in different cultures, communicate the same thing about God?  Or would the different setting bring out an entirely new vision of God?

Below are two recordings of the ancient hymn, “Phos Hilaron: Hail the Gladdening Light,” which dates back to 290-310 A.D.  The music in the first recording is Byzantine, even though the hymn text dates even further back than Gregorian chant.

The second recording is a recently released version by the David Crowder Band, in their album “Church Music.”

After you’re initially blown away by the difference in style, ask yourself these questions:

What does the first version cause you to reflect on God about?

What does the second version cause you to reflect on God about?

What do you get more of in one than in the other?

Do either of them seem to be missing something that the other does quite well?

What different emotions do each of these versions produce within you?

Does listening to both of them give you a more complete appreciation for the character of God, and the power of the gospel across language, time, and style?  If so, how?  If not, why not?


A Night In A Box

by Rick Pidcock

Jesus said that the poor would always be with us.  In fact, there are 12 million children that are at risk of going hungry in America today.  Every month, thousands of people are being forced to leave their homes due to foreclosure in Denver.  And to make matters worse, 45% of all of Denver’s homeless are women and children.

In Matthew 25:35-40, Jesus says, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Providence Ministries is a Denver-based ministry that seeks to love the poor by providing after school tutoring, fatherless outreach, homeless family mentoring, addiction recovery, teen outreach, and drug and alcohol classes.

On December 4, 2009, a group of people are going to spend a night in a box in order to raise funds and awareness that will go to existing programs currently helping the poor (Denver Rescue Mission & Denver’s Road Home) as well as renovation costs of a newly acquired community center (Providence Ministries) located in the heart of Five Points, Denver.

I am going to be one of the people spending a night in a box.  So if you would like to support these great causes by sponsoring me, please either let me know or fill out the sponsor form online here.

For more information, be sure to check out the official website here.

Life And Ministry With Josh Harris

A couple of weeks ago, pastor and author Josh Harris sat down for an interview on life and ministry with 9 Marks

Josh first became well-known ten years ago when he wrote the best-selling I Kissed Dating Goodbye.  Shortly after kissing dating goodbye, God led him to the love of his life–Shannon.  And since then, he has gotten married, written three additional books, spoken at a number of conferences, and became senior pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD.

Josh has matured way beyond his years.  And yet, as “successful” as he has become, his humility and commitment to the gospel are what stands out about him the most.

I know that this interview will be an encouragement to each of us to worship God in response to the gospel.  You can listen to the interview here.

Worship God 06 Report

Rick Pidcock

 WorshipGod 2006 MP3 CDAs you may remember, a few months ago I posted an article concerning the Worship God ’06 conference that was to be held last week in Gaithersburg, MD by Sovereign Grace Ministries.  From all accounts, it was a very successful event.  Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this year’s conference.  However, a fellow blogger named Tim Challies was able to attend.  He offers a great summary of each of the main sessions at his blog.  Below, you can click on the links to read his reports as to how the week went. (more…)

What We All Need

As usual, Bob Kauflin over at Worship Matters has posted an excellent article on the needs of the unsaved in our worship services.

He says, “Unbelievers come to church thinking they need closer friends or better money management principles. They may be seeking a place to feel comfortable, a community to belong to, or a cause they can devote themselves to. The Gospel gives us more. So much more that it can seem scandalous.”

I would highly encourage each of you to read his article.  It will encourage you to view the way your church relates to the unsaved in light of Who Christ is.  You can view it here.

Franklin Graham Festival

by Rick Pidcock

Last night, I had the priviledge of attending a Franklin Graham Festival in Baltimore, MD with my brother-in-law and a friend of his.  It was an amazing evening of great music and clear Christ-centered preaching that was much needed in this city.

I know that the very mention of the son of Billy Graham will cause some of my readers to cringe.  And I understand that there have been decisions about ecclesiastical associations made by Billy Graham that would cause some concern.  However, the purpose of this article is to comment on what happened last night, not to try to hash out the many issues involved in the “Fundamentalist vs. New Evangelical Wars.” (more…)